A teenager was arrested for hiring a friend to kill his family in an arson attack, police said Monday, according to Yonhap News.
The suspect, identified only by his surname Jang, 17, asked one of his friends to kill his parents and elder sister by setting fire to their house, promising to share with him some 300 million won($258,000) in insurance payments upon their death, according to police.
The 15-year-old friend, identified by his family name Kim, allegedly broke into Jang`s house in eastern Seoul around 5 a.m. last Thursday, dousing the living room with gasoline before setting it on fire and killing Jang`s mother, 49, and 19-year-old sister.
Jang offered Kim a key to the house prior to the crime, police said, adding Jang`s father was staying outside the home at that time of the fire.
Investigators said Jang had gone on a trip to an east coast resort in Gangwon Province with his girlfriend after the crime in order to fabricate an alibi.